NEC Scores a Battery-Life Breakthrough
Transmeta-powered Versa DayLite logs 7.5 hours between charges in tests.Owing to a unique mixture of processor, battery and display technologies, NEC Computers Inc.s Versa DayLite can keep users computing hours after other notebooks would run out of juice. Whats more, the DayLites reflective display allows it to go where few mobile systems have gone beforeinto direct sunlight. However, the DayLites power-thrifty, sun-loving display can be a significant liability as wellindoors, the display is sometimes very difficult to see, even when the units backlight is engaged.
In eWeek Labs tests of a $2,499 Versa DayLite powered by a Transmeta Corp. 600MHz Crusoe processor and configured with 128MB of RAM, we found the unit to be a solid and long-running performer, albeit one that requires good lighting to be useful.